We bet you normally go to Salamanca to do your exclusive shopping, but do you know what are some of the most important places in this luxurious district? You’ve probably passed them at least once – now it’s time to learn some history about them. Vamos!
1. Calle de Serrano**Why is Calle de Serrano important?**
2km long and full of luxurious shops – what more could a shopaholic’s heart want? The street is also known as The Golden Mile and we can guess you can find out why (although there’s no gold). It originally got its name from the military leader Francisco Serrano y Dominguez who lived there in 1868.
2. Plaza de Colón**Why is Plaza de Colón important? **
We’ve all heard of Christopher Columbus and so has Plaza de Colón which was renamed from Plaza de Santiago to honour his achievements. This is where you can find the largest Spanish flag, which cost €378,000!
3. National Public Library**Why is the National Public Library important? **
Founded by King Philip V in 1712, the National Public Library homes over 15,000,000 books. No wonder it’s Spain’s highest library institution and the head of the Spanish Library System. Fun fact: the reading room holds 320 readers! Who said books were a thing of the past?!
4. Basílica de la Concepción de Nuestra Señora**Why is the Basílica de la Concepción de Nuestra Señora important? **
If you walk the streets of Salamanca, you will stumble upon this large (and incredibly white) Neo-Gothic building. The church was built in 1912 and holds an impressive 44m high tower. Beloved by Madrileños, this is one of the most beautiful churches in the city – you’ll see why!
5. Museo Arqueológico Nacional**Why is The National Archaeological Museum of Spain important? **
Founded in 1867 by a Royal Decree of Isabella II, The National Archeological Museum of Spain was first built to store art collections from the Spanish monarchs. The building is shared with the National Public Library – perfect for those looking to have a cultural day!